Date of Award

Spring 2023

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


Leadership and Advanced Nursing Practice

Committee Chair

Dr. Anita Greer

Committee Chair School

Leadership and Advanced Nursing Practice

Committee Member 2

Dr. Lakenya Forthner

Committee Member 2 School

Leadership and Advanced Nursing Practice


Stress and burnout in the nursing profession have negative effects on the nurses' personal and professional lives, as well as those whom they are responsible for providing care. The incidence of stress among advanced practice nurses can result in outcomes such as burnout, turnover intention, lower job satisfaction, and adverse clinical care.

Nursing burnout and stress are public health issues because of the consequences of these two factors, which include diminished provider focus and negative patient outcomes. Against such a background, the doctoral aimed at using mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) intervention to reduce burnout and stress and examine the efficacy of a 4-week mindfulness intervention to reduce symptoms related to burnout and perceived stress. The study was quantitative and quasi-experimental and involved a convenience sample of advanced practice nurses working at a large healthcare facility in central Mississippi. The 30 participants involved in the doctoral project implemented MBSR for four weeks, and their burnout and stress levels were measured using a Perceived Stress Scale (PSS) and the Copenhagen Burnout Inventory (CBI). Participants were provided weekly educational videos with instructions on MSBR with examples of techniques. Notably, the findings suggest that four-week mindfulness interventions may be an effective means of improving well-being for advanced practice nurses. The Perceived Stress Scale and the Copenhagen Burnout Inventory revealed a significant reduction in stress levels after the interventional period. The findings are relevant from a clinical standpoint as they reviewed brief mindfulness as a valuable intervention that could help relieve stress and burnout outcomes among advanced practice nurses.